St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

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Chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people, St Fagans National Museum of History consists of more than 40 recreated buildings taken from various locations in Wales. Located on the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house, this open-air museum welcomed its first visitors in 1948. The site, modeled after an outdoor museum situated in Stockholm, includes a Unitarian chapel, village schoolhouse, tollbooth, pigsty, and tannery. Holding permanent displays of traditional crafts, the museum also features a working blacksmith’s forge, pottery shop, mill, and clog maker’s shop. Drop by the site’s small farm, which concentrates on preserving native breeds of livestock, to peruse the fresh produce available for sale. See St Fagans National Museum of History and all Cardiff has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cardiff trip planner.
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  • Whilst it is some time since I visited St Fagans, I have to say it was one of the best days out anywhere in Britain I have ever experienced and a day is not enough as there is so much to see and do...  more »
  • Have been visiting St Fagans since inwas a child my self. Always a fun day out. And each time gets better as they keep adding more things to enjoy. There is a new play area and the outdoor zip wiring....  more »
  • Although only a handful of house/ experiences were open, it really didn’t matter. We have 2 young children & they enjoyed every moment. We spent almost 4 hours exploring. I highly recommend!! Our...  more »
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  • Fascinating seeing the way we used to live here in Wales many years ago! A must visit if you're visiting Wales. Friendly staff, everything is well kept after.. I liked that the staff were bilingual too, speak Welsh and English. Took my grandmother here for her birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed! I loved the terraced street where every house goes up a generation in time from super old.. to modern day... Exceptional
  • Beautiful gardens and fantastic place to visit suitable for all ages. There is a great exhibit on Welsh history, very important to remember and see the lessons from the past and mistakes which must never be repeated, and the buildings are all wonderfully restored and great educational places. Always filled with families enjoying a day out. Very helpful staff all around the museum. Highly recommend a visit. (If public transport, it is very easy, stopping right outside the museum, be sure to ask the driver when the last bus back is)
  • This is a brilliant day out. Explore a variety buildings brought from areas all around Wales to learn about Welsh history and culture. Well-informed bi-lingual guides answer all of your questions. There's plenty to do and see for all ages. The restaurant serves a variety of hot and cold food, and the on-site bakery makes bread and scones in a traditional wood-fired oven that are to die for!
  • Amazing! I would recommend this to anyone. It really is interesting to see how homes, buildings and businesses have evolved over the years. Also great for school trips! They have recently renovated the playground and the gallery sort part of it.You do have to pay for parking but that's just to fund it. They have tons of events all year round. At Halloween, they do ghost walks.
  • Who would have thought that a collection of houses could have been so interesting. Free entry, car park is £5. Restaurant others good value. Everyone enjoyed hot food. This was a good place to visit even in cold weather. Many houses had real fires burning to keep the curators warm whilst helping you to imagine what life was like 100 years ago. We particularly found the iron age dwelling interesting. Replicating a house of 2300 years ago. Inside the hut a proper fire was set-up ready to cook dinner. This was made even more rememberable and educational with the curator sharing a wealth of knowledge delivering inspiring stories to the children. He clearly loves his job. Each house had an information plague providing interesting facts. Hard to imagine what it must take to take a house down brick by brick and rebuild it to create this village museum. Worth much more than the parking fee.

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